Heavy rain, plunging temperatures may produce flooding, then ice

Cold temperatures, mixed precipitation to return to central Pa. this weekend

Heavy rain is expected to move through Massachusetts Friday and persist into Saturday morning before a flash freeze triggered by dropping temperatures creates slick conditions on the roadways.

Friday, widespread, steady rain takes over as temperatures gradually fall from the 50s and 40s into this afternoon with a south wind gusting up to 30 miles per hour. As the river rises the jam could break up and move further downstream.

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"We have a really strong cold front coming through overnight, so around 3 a.m. temperatures are really going to drop", Correia said.

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It looks like the cold weather is back once again. From about 6 PM to midnight, rain starts mixing with sleet and forming an icy glaze on surfaces from the St. Lawrence River Valley, to the Adirondacks and Adirondack Coast and into northwestern Vermont. By Friday morning, temperatures will already be close to 50 and I would not be surprised if some areas to the south of Utica get close to 60 degrees by Friday evening.

Rain could be heavy at times today, with thunderstorms possible, as temperatures peak in the mid-50s, according to the weather service, which has issued a flood watch until noon Saturday.

The region is under a winter weather advisory in effect from 4 a.m.to 10 a.m. Saturday for freezing rain, with total ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch of ice.

"Sunday there will be not much change in the temperature with a high of 54 and a low of 36", Platt said. Next chance for snow?

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